Neeson's back in action with $49M 'Taken 2' debut

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Liam Neeson has taken over the weekend box office with his action sequel "Taken 2," which debuted at No. 1 with $49.5 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. "Taken 2," Fox, $49,514,769, 3,661 locations, $13,525 average, $49,514,769, one week.

2. "Hotel Transylvania," Sony, $27,053,395, 3,352 locations, $8,071 average, $76,711,927, two weeks.

3. "Pitch Perfect," Universal, $14,846,830, 2,770 locations, $5,360 average, $21,693,038, two weeks.

4. "Looper," Sony, $12,116,001, 2,993 locations, $4,048 average, $40,216,652, two weeks.

5. "Frankenweenie," Disney, $11,412,213, 3,005 locations, $3,798 average, $11,412,213, one week.

6. "End of Watch," Open Road Films, $4,004,071, 2,370 locations, $1,689 average, $32,850,017, three weeks.

7. "Trouble With the Curve," Warner Bros., $3,829,153, 3,003 locations, $1,275 average, $29,668,976, three weeks.

8. "House at the End of the Street," Relativity, $3,756,023, 2,720 locations, $1,381 average, $27,589,167, three weeks.

9. "The Master," Weinstein Co., $1,861,703, 864 locations, $2,155 average, $12,337,032, four weeks.

10. "Finding Nemo," Disney, $1,624,536, 1,746 locations, $930 average, $39,038,997, four weeks.

11. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Lionsgate, $1,566,526, 221 locations, $7,088 average, $3,348,865, three weeks.

12. "Resident Evil: Retribution," Sony Screen Gems, $1,158,066, 1,361 locations, $851 average, $41,008,796, four weeks.

13. "Won't Back Down," Fox, $1,016,157, 2,517 locations, $404 average, $4,483,670, two weeks.

14. "English Vinglish," Eros International, $745,414, 88 locations, $8,471 average, $745,414, one week.

15. "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros., $674,436, 575 locations, $1,173 average, $445,369,641, 12 weeks.

16. "Dredd," Lionsgate, $645,241, 831 locations, $776 average, $12,695,655, three weeks.

17. "Arbitrage," Lionsgate, $641,365, 244 locations, $2,629 average, $6,053,621, four weeks.

18. "The Possession," Lionsgate, $623,500, 821 locations, $759 average, $48,391,383, six weeks.

19. "The Bourne Legacy," Universal, $344,630, 482 locations, $715 average, $112,275,305, nine weeks.

20. "Lawless," Weinstein Co., $326,661, 611 locations, $535 average, $37,001,460, six weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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